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December 27, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Bicycle Hotel

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The Bicycle Hotel & Casino is a popular gaming destination in Los Angeles with a newly added high-end boutique hotel. When the project team began searching for an HVAC system for the hotel, they knew exactly what they were looking for: a quiet system that could deliver superior performance in a 24-hour facility. They knew our Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) would meet their criteria.

Doug Lee, architect, Lee & Sakahara Architects, Irvine, California, was familiar with our VRF technology from previous installations. In addition to its quiet operation, our technology also offered fewer branch controllers – meaning fewer ceiling access panels – and a two-pipe system, helping to save on material and labor costs.

Even before completion, the system was receiving positive feedback. VRF’s small footprint and flexibility allowed a quick installation in a bustling location that never shuts down. “We wanted a system that would help facilitate and speed up that construction. We had the system installed in 50 days,” said Lee.

Most importantly, the system’s quiet operation leaves hotel guests in a comfortable, peaceful environment. It has even contributed to the hotel and casino earning recognitions like CALGreen and SoCal Edison certifications!

To learn more about the quiet and versatile HVAC system in Bicycle Hotel & Casino, read the full case study here.

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September 8, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Sacramento Drill Tower

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The Sacramento Drill Tower, Sacramento, California, is an unusual building. A large water tank takes up two-thirds of the 9,476-square-foot, concrete facility. The other third is occupied by offices for the city’s firemen, administrators and IT personnel. For years, these occupants were cooled and heated by a four-pipe chilled-water and boiler system. When that system failed, the city installed our Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology. The result: immense energy savings and easy maintenance.

When the building’s old chilled-water compressor failed, Nghiem Nguyen, the mechanical maintenance supervisor for City of Sacramento Facility Maintenance turned to our systems. “I was fully impressed by VRF and Mitsubishi [Electric]. They were so far ahead of everybody else when it came to VRF. The engineering aspect and operational maintenance were really in place . . . I knew this would be a great application. It wouldn’t be hard to retrofit since we wouldn’t have to open up the walls to pull out old lines. The real selling feature, though, was the energy savings. I knew it was going to be huge for us.”

Ngyuen was correct. Comparing pre- and post-installation energy data shows that the system’s efficiency has led to a total energy savings (kBtu usage) of 50 percent, and a total cost savings of 19 percent. Money has also been saved on maintenance: “We’re saving so much money on service calls and maintenance calls. We probably have a tenth of the service calls we had before.”

The Sacramento Drill Tower project was so successful that it inspired the city to use VRF at two more facilities. To learn more, check out the case study.

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August 18, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Élan Hotel

The Élan Hotel (Élan), a part of the Greystone Hotel family, is consistently ranked as one of the top five hotels in Los Angeles. Guests rave about its personal touches and modern look, as well as the comfort they experience relaxing after a long day of shopping in all of the nearby stores. For years, though, the hotel experienced comfort issues that challenged its ability to provide a truly extraordinary stay for every guest. Those issues were solved by our VRF technology.

Randy Scholnick, sales & products manager, Sirius Mechanical, Inc., Moreno Valley, California, described the noisy and inefficient situation. “The rooms directly below [the old HVAC] units – people complained and the rooms couldn’t be rented. It was a real emergency issue. The hotel was losing revenue. So they needed two things: a quieter solution – whatever goes on the roof has to be practically silent – and something more efficient.”

Scholnick recommended our R2-Series VRF systems, as they offer what he called “a true two-pipe system. Plus Mitsubishi [Electric] systems just do what they’re supposed to do. They’re efficient and quiet, and you get such good diagnostics. [Élan] wanted something that’s trouble free and that will diagnose itself. Well, that’s CITY MULTI®.” The team also installed three of our Lossnay Energy Recovery Ventilators to keep rooms smelling fresh.

With our technology running seamlessly in the background, the hotel guests are now comfortable, Élan management is satisfied and the project has received some great reviews, earning California Green certification.

To learn more about the Élan Hotel project and why repeat guests have shared positive feedback with management, check out the case study.

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June 15, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile: MacRostie Winery & Vineyards

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Pastoral vistas are almost a prerequisite for a winery, as are unique entertainment spaces where customer comfort is key. At MacRostie Winery & Vineyards (MacRostie), Healdsburg, California, Luke Higgins, director of operations, wanted “an environment of casual sophistication.” The selected HVAC system had to contribute to that environment.

“They also wanted a very open feel to the project,” said Sean Froom, PE, LEED AP, project manager, TEP Engineering, Santa Rosa, California. As the engineer on the project, Froom worked to have a clean, open aesthetic, which meant, “ceilings as high as possible with no exposed ductwork.”

For such an interior space, especially in a building where the options for system location were limited, our system was an excellent solution. Higgins said, “The facility is not ideal for HVAC with so much indoor-outdoor flowing space. So a multi-zone approach made sense.”

Our Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) system could meet every request on the wish list: quiet operation for customer conversation, a small footprint in tight spaces, high efficiency and an aesthetic fit. Moreover, for the cooler, autumn months, Higgins wanted their concrete floor to give off radiant heating. Using a hydronic heat exchanger, Froom’s team was able to tie in this radiant heating system with the VRF system. The result of the decision to go with VRF over a conventional HVAC system was “our dream tasting room,” according to Higgins.

To read more about MacRostie Winery & Vineyards, check out the case study.

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April 7, 2016, 9:00 am

Recognizing Our Top Partner From 2015

Left to Right: Rory Itano, David Gilles, Doug Romeo, Dawn Chin-Meun (A/C Warehouse) and Chad Nakamura (A/C Warehouse), Kiyoshi Furukawa, Mark Kuntz, Gerry Heidrich, Jim Topalian

Left to Right: Rory Itano, David Gilles, Doug Romeo, Dawn Chin-Meun (A/C Warehouse) and Chad Nakamura (A/C Warehouse), Kiyoshi Furukawa, Mark Kuntz, Gerry Heidrich, Jim Topalian

Last month, we held our 2016 Diamond Partners Conference at the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico. More than 350 distributors, employees and guests gathered to celebrate success and establish strategies for the upcoming year.

This year’s Diamond Partner of the Year Award was presented to A/C Warehouse Inc., Honolulu, Hawaii. A/C Warehouse Inc. outperformed all other partners nationwide and was also recognized as the top partner in our West Business Unit.

Follow our blog in the coming weeks as we continue to highlight A/C Warehouse Inc. and the other Diamond Partners recognized in Mexico. We hope to see your name on the list next year!

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March 22, 2016, 12:00 pm

Highlights From the 2016 Diamond Partners Conference

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We are holding our 2016 Diamond Partners Conference at the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico during the weekend of March 19 – 22. More than 350 distributors, employees and guests are gathering in preparation of our new fiscal year.

Participants over the weekend have had the opportunity to hear a number of guest speakers and presenters, including former Navy Commander Mike Abrashoff and Metrostudy’s senior director of insights, Toby Morrison. These presentations have run the gamut from new technology applications to product development and marketing strategies, with an eye toward developing trends in 2016.

We have also presented a number of awards to our partners from each of our business units, including the Diamond Partners with Crowning Achievement and Design Excellence awards. Be sure to keep reading as we profile each of these award recipients on our blog over the coming months.

November 13, 2015, 9:35 am

An Award-winning Recipe for Success

Our Diamond Controls Solution and L-Generation Air Source units are designed to help engineers do their jobs smarter, safer, more efficiently and productively – and Plant Engineering readers agree. The two technologies are in the running for the magazine’s 2015 Product of the Year Award. Voting opens November 12. Manufacturers cannot cast a ballot, but all Plant Engineering subscribers can.

We’re not just receiving industry recognition for our products; we’re winning awards for our service, too. For the second consecutive year, we received the Partners in Excellence and Quality Award from the Gustave A. Larson Company. Jennifer Corey, our residential sales representative in the West Business Unit, was also recognized as the top supplier sales representative for the company’s Mountain Region. This is the third year in a row Jennifer has taken the No. 1 spot.

We focus on developing award-winning products and providing award-winning service because we understand product innovation isn’t the only key to success. Equally important is building lasting relationships with your customers and consumers.

October 14, 2015, 12:23 pm

Project Profile: View Haus 5

Tadashi Shiga, principal, Evergreen Certified, Seattle, described View Haus 5 as “the now and the future of HVAC.” Recent industry recognition supports that: View Haus 5 is the Seattle area’s first Passive House-certified multifamily building and winner of the Passive House International US Completion Award, which honors the country’s best Passive projects.

Bradley Khouri, principal and founder, b9 architects, Seattle, designed the sustainable community. The five 1,100- to 1,700-square-foot homes feature century-old, reclaimed barn wood; LED lighting; walls over a foot thick; zero-VOC paints; airtight, tilt-turn windows – and our ductless multizone comfort systems.

“We needed the most efficient HVAC system out there,” said Sloan Ritchie, president and founder of Cascade Built. Our ductless system had a low enough load, a small enough footprint and high enough efficiencies to earn View Haus 5 multiple energy-focused certifications, including Passive House. Khouri said our systems are “great for uses like this because of their small size. And they provide incredible performance for such a small device.”

There’s even more proof in the pudding: One of the homes, a 1,431-square-foot unit, has a HERS Index of 47 and an annual energy cost of just $63 – an energy expenditure a tenth of its non-Passive neighbors.

Read more about the award-winning project.

October 1, 2015, 5:24 pm

Look for Us on NBC TV!

Left to Right: Richard Li, Regional Manager, Commercial, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Cooling & Heating Division; George Oliphant, host, “George to the Rescue”; Mario Marcellino, vice president, Pelham Bay Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Inc.; Peter Kanakos, principal, GC Eng & Associates

Left to Right: Richard Li, Regional Manager, Commercial, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Cooling & Heating Division; George Oliphant, host, “George to the Rescue”; Mario Marcellino, vice president, Pelham Bay Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Inc.; Peter Kanakos, principal, GC Eng & Associates

Emmy Award-winning TV host George Oliphant and a team of contractors and designers are “helping families one home at a time.” In the October 3 episode of “George to the Rescue,” we join George and crew in transforming one home and the lives of one family in need.

Each episode of the NBC TV special project follows the renovation of a home in the Tri-State area. The upcoming episode shows how our ductless system improves the comfort of a single-family home in Queens, New York.

“George to the Rescue” is broadcasted by NBC affiliate stations in 10 of the largest TV markets nationwide: Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami/South Florida, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area and Washington. Check your local listings to catch the airing this weekend or watch the episode online afterwards.

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September 24, 2015, 9:54 am

Suites on Paseo

California is home to some of the most demanding energy standards in the nation. The Suites on Paseo (Suites) is a San Diego student housing complex that followed these standards, culminating with LEED® Silver certification and 287 very comfortable students. This result required a creative HVAC solution for the complex’s 98,000 square feet of space – one that would meet codes and high student demands.

The system that could meet all of these requirements was our Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) system. The technology enabled Suites to be split into 300 separate zones across three buildings, all controllable from a central computer. Lee Rich, the building maintenance supervisor, said, “From the computer in my office, my Mitsubishi Electric controls network allows me to override every single fan coil on this property. That’s impressive.”

Even more impressive – LEED Certification Specialist Michael Bigelow noted that “the system provided a 40 percent annual kWh savings. This foundation allowed our all-in design to beat the baseline by 46 percent, which got us 11 out of 10 LEED points in the v2.2 system. Yes, there’s a bonus point in there.” Such energy savings and overachieving, a mark of our technology, will make Suites a comfortable, healthy place for students to live for years and years to come.

Learn more about the Suites on Paseo.

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